- Research shows that 'cumming', even by yourself, regularly offers an array of quantifiable physiological benefits, perhaps more than anyone admits.
- Masturbation has a positive effect on hormones, immune function, endorphins, and muscular strength; even if the result is simply a huge smile on your face, masturbation is beneficial to the body.
17 Reasons Why You Should Masturbate For Good Health
Masturbation has undeniable benefits. Masturbation, in addition to being pleasurable, offers a number of health benefits, ranging from reducing your risk of certain diseases to increasing your pleasure during sex with a partner. (In other words, masturbation is beneficial for both your physical and mental wellbeing.) That is why, even if you already have partner sex on a regular basis, you should still masturbate.
Masturbation can improve your physical health, mental and emotional wellbeing, aside from the incredible pleasure it can impart.
Here are 17 reasons why masturbating has health advantages and why you should take the time to practice it now.
Masturbation For Pleasure
- Masturbation Can Create Happiness
According to Holly Richmond, Ph.D., LMFT, somatic psychologist, certified sex therapist, and K-Y partner, “Masturbating in and of itself—with or without an orgasm—can make you happier. Masturbating activates the parts of the brain responsible for pleasure like the hypothalamus and thalamus, while also decreasing the parts of the brain responsible for fear and anxiety-like the lateral orbitofrontal cortex."
Masturbation can boost the levels of neurotransmitters like dopamine and oxytocin, which have been associated with improved pleasure and mood control, according to 2016 research. Often, you will find yourself being more jovial and peaceful when you boost your sex life with masturbation.
2. Masturbating Can Lead To Increased Libido
Contrary to colloquial belief, masturbation can make you desire more sex rather than less. “Sex begets sex," Dr Holly clarifies. Fundamentally, the more sex you have, the more you desire it." Humans like to do things that make them feel good (yes, it's almost that simple), and the surge of dopamine, endorphins, and oxytocin we get during sex (whether it's solo or partnered) makes us feel good."
This benefit is particularly important for women who have trouble getting turned on. According to Dr Shweta Pai, M.D., urogynecologist and Love Wellness adviser, explains “masturbation is regularly used as part of a treatment plan for vulva owners with sexual dysfunction and low sex drive."
3. It Can Help Men Last Longer During Sex
Masturbating before partnered sex may occasionally help you last longer with your partner since it generally takes you longer to reach climax the second time. Of course, since everyone's bodies are different, this isn't a guarantee for everyone.
Pam Costa, M.A., a holistic psychologist and sex coach located in Silicon Valley, also advises keeping in mind your refractory period or the length of time it typically takes your body to recuperate and be prepared to be sexually stimulated again.
4. Masturbation Helps You Get To Know Your Body Better
Masturbation is a method to reconnect with your body and discover what turns you on. According to Costa, most individuals don't know what kinds of contact their bodies like well enough to communicate that information to a partner.
Here is where masturbation comes into play. “Masturbating allows you to explore what touches, pressures, intensities, and strokes your body responds to," she explains.
She recommends obtaining a hand mirror, some lubricant, and watching yourself touch yourself if you have a vulva. “That way you can connect the sensation to the exact part of your vulva," she says. “When you get down there, don't rush right to your clit or vagina. Stroke, squeeze and massage your inner and outer labia. Massage and apply pressure to your pubic mound. Tap and pinch your clitoral hood. “Really explore the entire vulva," Costa says.
For those with a penis, Costa advises to “go beyond just stroking your shaft. Explore the pleasure potential of your stroking, tapping, squeezing, applying pressure to your balls, perineum, anus, and head and discovering what feels good."
5. Masturbation Can Lead To More Pleasurable Experience With A Partner
It can be unreasonable and unrealistic to expect our partners to know exactly where our “it spots” are. “You can't expect your partner to be a mind-reader of your body," says Costa. “You need to communicate to them what feels good!"
Masturbation helps you understand yourself, what helps you feel good, and using that, you can then communicate it back to your partner. “Not only will you know how to pleasure yourself better, but you'll be able to teach it to your partner," says Story. “It's a win-win!"
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Masturbation For Physical Health And Wellbeing
6. Masturbation Can Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor
Yes, jacking off may get you—specifically, your pelvic floor—jacked. Richmond adds “an orgasm creates a series of muscle contractions in the pelvic floor. So essentially, orgasming is like a mini workout for your pelvic floor," she says.
This diamond-shaped collection of internal muscles supports our pelvic organs, which include the vagina, uterus, bladder, and intestines. These organs may actually fall out of position if the pelvic floor muscles are weak, a condition is known as prolapse.
Weak pelvic floor muscles are also linked to urine and bowel incontinence (for example, leaking when you sneeze), lower back and pelvic floor pain, vulva owners' discomfort during penetrative sex, and constipation. Masturbation will not cure these problems, but it is an excellent way to prevent pelvic floor weakness.
7. Masturbation Helps With Relieving Pain
Headache won’t go away? Is back pain bothering you? Cue masturbating. Dr Pai adds, “masturbation can have pain-relieving benefits because orgasming releases dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin, the body's feel-good hormones, and neurotransmitters, into the body." In fact, a renowned study conducted by renowned sexologist Dr Beverly Whipple, Ph.D., R.N. discovered that vaginal stimulation may raise someone's pain tolerance threshold by more than 40%. That's really amazing.
The production of endorphins and hormones will not cure an injury such as a torn muscle, broken bone, or other severe medical problem, but it will help reduce your pain sensitivity.
8. Masturbation Eases Period Cramps
When you get your period, you are shedding something called your uterine lining. The uterus (which is a muscle) sometimes contracts to assist this process along, which may result in some very painful cramps. But what about the feel-good neurotransmitters (dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin) that you gain from masturbation? Richmond claims they significantly help ease period cramps.
9. Masturbation Reduces Stress
You were probably not thinking about your never-ending to-do list or upcoming presentation during your last pleasurable sexual experience (with or without a partner).
“Sexual pleasure forces us to tune into our body's reactions to pleasure, rather than staying in our head where it's easy to be preoccupied and stressed," says Richmond. Masturbation is definitely a form of sexual pleasure.
There are extra stress-relieving advantages if the solo encounter involves an orgasm. One research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine discovered that orgasming produces oxytocin, which Pai claims leads to lower cortisol levels in the body. And when cortisol levels fall, so do feelings of stress. Lower stress means better heart health. So really, you’re doing your heart a favour.
10. Masturbation Improves Quality Of Sleep
According to Rebecca Alvarez Story, M.A., sexologist and creator of the intimate care marketplace Bloomi, having an orgasm before bed may help you fall asleep quicker. In general, self-pleasure calms the mind, which is essential for falling asleep. And, she adds, orgasms cause the release of oxytocin, which has been proven to improve sleep.
Shining your pearl or pole may induce deep sleep in addition to actually getting you to fall asleep. Story adds: “Norepinephrine and serotonin, which are released during orgasm, help your body get into your REM cycles better, which makes your rest more restful." Indeed, according to a 2019 research, more than half of individuals who masturbated before bed and had an orgasm reported improved sleep quality.
11. Masturbating Improves Your Skin
Everyone has heard of the post-orgasm glow. The aesthetic advantages of sex are real, and they extend to masturbation as well. However, the skin-boosting effects extend beyond the sex flush: According to one study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, having an orgasm raises your body's oestrogen levels, which is known to promote healthier-looking skin and hair!
“Masturbating reduces stress levels, which can reduce some of the body's stress such as the overproduction of sweat and acne. So a regular masturbation practice really can make someone's skin look clearer,” Pai adds. And, let's face it, a visit with your vibe is a lot more enjoyable than a visit to the dermatologist.
12. Masturbation Could Count As Exercise
Well, maybe an active recovery workout. Rachel Needle, Psy.D., a licensed psychologist and certified sex therapist in West Palm Beach, Florida says “research suggests that sex burns a decent number of calories." There is currently no data on how many calories solo sex burns. However, according to a 2013 research published in the journal PLOS One, males burn 4.2 calories per minute and women burn 3.1 calories per minute during partnered sex.
Needle believes that the calorie expenditure during masturbation is likely to be comparable to that of a solo session, depending on how vigorous you are. “It's an aerobic workout."
13. Masturbating May Reduce The Risk Of Prostate Cancer
Regular ejaculation may help decrease your risk of prostate cancer if you have a prostate. “Research on the topic found that compared to men who ejaculated four to seven times per month across their lifetimes, men who ejaculated 21 or more times a month enjoyed about a 31% lower risk of prostate cancer," says Richmond.
14. Masturbation Can Improve Cognitive Function
In one study published in the Journals of Gerontology in 2017, researchers had 73 individuals over the age of 50 complete a cognitive evaluation as well as a questionnaire regarding how often they got it on (solo or with a partner). And what did they discover? When compared to people who did not engage with much sex, individuals who had sex more often performed much better on memory and verbal fluency tests.
15. Masturbation Is A Safer Alternative To Sex
Masturbation, unlike other partnered types of sex, does not result in pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases, as long as no toys are shared. As a result, it is one of the best kinds of safer sex. If you're in a situation with a partner when other safer sex measures aren't an option, reciprocal masturbation may be a fun, extremely exciting method to still enjoy a sexual encounter with each other without jeopardising anyone's health.
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Masturbation For Emotional And Mental Health
16. Masturbation Can Help You Feel More Energised
Masturbation does not make everyone sleepy. Masturbation, according to Story, energises certain people. The only way to discover what it can accomplish for you? Trial and error. “If you get a hit of energy after orgasming, a quick morning orgasm is a great way to start the day refreshed," she added. Climax then coffee?
17. Masturbation Can Improve Your Confidence
“Masturbating is essential for developing self-awareness, body-awareness, self-acceptance, and confidence," Richmond adds. This extends to the bedroom too. But adding on, she says that “In my practice, I've seen this confidence carry over outside the bedroom, too."
Costa adds “I've seen a regular masturbation practice give someone the confidence they never had before to ask for a raise, ask someone out, and more."
Masturbation is a powerful tool to help improve overall health and wellbeing, not just for yourself, but your partner’s too. Have fun!
Sources: Mind Body Green